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2015 OFFline Offaly Film Festival

Take your first step on the road to The Oscars and get involved in the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge at the 2015 OFFline Offaly Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday October 7th to Sunday October 11th in Birr and the surrounding region.

Teams of filmmakers will register on Thursday 8th, then shoot and edit their short film in and around Birr. They’ll have access to equipment, locations and a database of local actors and extras.

On the evening of Saturday 10th, films are submitted to a panel of judges and screened to the public on Sunday 11th October, with the winning short film guaranteed a coveted slot at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016 (a feeder festival to potential Oscar glory!) It’s not just great fun, it’s a great chance to mix with other filmmakers and film industry professionals from Ireland and overseas.

First Prize: €3,500 post-production studio rental and equipment rental as well as a slot in the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh.

Second Prize: €1,000 equipment rental voucher

Register Now: and click on the Challenge tab!

OFFline 2015 is also looking for actors who are up for a challenge! Whether you’ve always wanted to act in a film or you’re an experienced actor who wants to add to your portfolio, here’s your chance!

Get ONline and audition for the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge. Just pick up your phone, webcam or video camera and record and upload a short audition video to YouTube. Actors and extras of all ages are required. You must be available for filming from 7th-11th October.

Just log on to, click on the Actors tab and then follow the four easy steps.

If you can’t upload your audition, don’t worry, you can still get involved! Just email a picture and a short bio to